Posted: Nov 21, 2012 8:01 PM by KOMU 8 Staff
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 8:06 PM
BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Water and Light will begin cleaning up a chemical spill after the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a call outside the Boone County Water Protection Plant on Wednesday night.
A truck was delivering a chemical to the plant when it spilled at the facility off Route K. Boone County Fire Protection Disctrict Public Information Officer Gale Blomenkamp said the chemical is called fluorosilicic and only about fifty gallons spilled.
The chemicals spilled into a storm drain, but firefighters responded around 5:45 p.m. and were able to close the drain before the chemicals could seep into the river and creeks it is connected to. Because chemicals were only spilled into the waste drain and not a part connected to drinking water, Blomenkamp said water is safe to drink and there should be no issues.
The firefighters contacted the Department of Natural Resources to research the chemical, and they determined it was a mild acid and a minor spill due to the amount spilled and type of chemical.